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img249img251The Metropolitan Opera Cookbook edited by Jules Bond with a foreword by Placido Domingo, shown above, is one of the most splendid examples of a successful marriage between recipes and celebrities, as well as, a food photographer you could possibly find in a cookbook.

img256Have you noticed how many times in a play or opera the set is a restaurant, a simple table, perhaps a tavern, a gathering place of gluttons and drinkers, happy friends? At times the set can be just two lovers with a picnic basket. So what do these mortals do when not performing on stage? Are they performing in their kitchens preparing their secret childhood recipes inherited from Grandma? Follow me into the kitchen of soprano Teresa Kubiak, and learn about Glodnik after you hear her wonderful voice on YouTube below!

img252img253img255So you have never heard about Chicken Cacciatore? Of course, I’ll bet you have, but Chicken Tetrazzini?

img254 Now hear her wonderful voice on YouTube!

This cook has seen happiness appearing from his oven, showing the pot it came in.

img258img257What a fabulous cookbook this one is. It is about people, artists, and plain folk stirring the pot with creativity, smelling what is swirling, adding a dash or a pinch, using the spoons, Princes of the Opera, observers of human nature and the stove! Give it your best try, if you are making one of these recipes, but before you do read this incredible story of the world’s most famous performer Maria Callas. Finish it off by listening to Callas sing Ave Maria on YouTube.

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Now, I also know by reading the Callas story above, something more about those superb Angel Records, I find every so once in a while. Next time you meet a cook perhaps at your favorite restaurant don’t criticize that whistling when the man is stirring a pot, just tell him Maria Callas was one of the very few who sang when cooking and give him her recipe.

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